Extra/Ordinary Craft and Contemporary Art

ISBN-10: 0822347628
ISBN-13: 9780822347620
Edition: 2011
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Description: Contemporary artists such as Ghada Amer and Clare Twomey have gained international reputations for work that transforms "ordinary" craft media and processes into extraordinary conceptual art, from Amerrs"s monumental stitched paintings to Twomeyrs"s  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Contemporary artists such as Ghada Amer and Clare Twomey have gained international reputations for work that transforms "ordinary" craft media and processes into extraordinary conceptual art, from Amerrs"s monumental stitched paintings to Twomeyrs"s large, ceramics-based installations. Despite the amount of attention that curators and gallery owners have paid to these and many other conceptual artists who incorporate craft into their work, few art critics or scholars have explored the historical or conceptual significance of craft in contemporary art.Extra/Ordinarytakes up that task. Reflecting on what craft has come to mean in recent decades, artists, critics, curators, and scholars develop theories of craft in relation to art, chronicle how "fine art" institutions understand and exhibit craft media, and offer accounts of activist crafting, or craftivism. Some contributors describe generational and institutional changes underway, while others signal new directions for scholarship, considering craft in relation to queer theory, masculinity, and science. Encompassing quilts, ceramics, letterpress books, wallpaper, and textiles, and moving from well-known museums, to home workshops, to political protests,Extra/Ordinaryis an eclectic introduction to the "craft culture" referenced and celebrated by artists promoting new ways of thinking about the role of craft in contemporary art.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Ordinary Made Extra/Ordinary
Redefining Craft: New Theory
Making and Naming: The Lexicon of Studio Craft
Validity Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Mapping Craft Communities of Practice
Super-Objects: Craft as an Aesthetic Position
Fabrication and Encounter: When Content Is a Verb
Craft Show: In the Realm of �Fine Arts�
How the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary: The Modern Eye and the Quilt as Art Form
Wallpaper, the Decorative, and Contemporary Installation Art
Handwork and Hybrids: Recasting the Craft of Letterpress Printing
Elastic/Expanding: Contemporary Conceptual Ceramics
Craftivism
Craftivist History
Rebellious Doilies and Subversive Stitches: Writing a Craftivist History
Craft Hard Die Free: Radical Curatorial Strategies for Craftivism
Loving Attention: An Outburst of Craft in Contemporary Art
New Functions, New Frontiers
Put Your Thing Down, Flip It, and Reverse It: Reimagining Craft Identities Using Tactics of Queer Theory
Man Who Make: The �Flow� of the Amateur Designer/Maker
Crochet and the Cosmos: An Interview with Margaret Wertheim
Contributors
Index

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